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What factors are considered when calculating child support

Entering in to the divorce process can be overwhelming, especially when there are children involved. Depending on what type of custody arrangement is ordered, the you may be required to pay child support. Child support is designed to ensure children receive the same financial support that they would have been exposed to if you had not filed for divorce.

In Texas, the amount of child support owed is based on the non-custodial parent’s income, without consideration of how much money the custodial parent makes. Texas is one of three states in the nation that uses a varying percentage model of determining the child support amount to be included in the final divorce settlement. The judge presiding over the case may also look at certain factors when determining these child support payments. These factors include the following:

  •          The ability of each parent to contribute to the children
  •          The amount of time the children spend with each parent
  •          The age of the children, as well as any special needs they may have
  •          Whether any alimony is ordered in the divorce
  •          Any extenuating medical or educational needs the children may have
  •          Any daycare funds needed

In Texas, the non-custodial parent is required to carry health care insurance for the children, even if the custodial parent already has insurance for them. It is crucial to keep the best interests of the children in mind when going through the process of determining custody and establishing child support.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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